The Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule ordering that the land and sea requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative go into effect June 1, 2009. On and after that date, U.S. citizens entering the U.S. by sea or land from within the Western Hemisphere will have to present acceptable documentation, such as a passport or a U.S. passport card, to get back into the country. In a release, DHS announced it was issuing the rule a year before its implementation to ...

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